It's the first of Target's three-day job fair and team leader Jessica Hastings said she's overwhelmed with the turnout. "We have had more walk-in applications than we anticipated which is really great to see."
There are 500 interview spots and already 463 people scheduled. Hastings said the retailer is looking for one signature trait. She said, "The most important thing that any Target store looks for is great attitudes so the best thing someone can do is come in with that bright, shiny smile."
Many people here are filling out applications, chatting with current employees and getting a feel for the retailer's expectations. Some applicants want a better opportunity or more work experience, but more are just hoping for a job.
Applicant Cody Benway said, "I know it's a great part time job especially for a guy going through college here at ICC."
Applicant Edward Fisk said, "Well one, I'll have a job again. I've been out of work since last May. I'll be able to pay for my daughter, help get stuff and I'm trying to go back to school so pay for that as well."
Applicants said the amount of people here speaks to the need for employment on both sides of the river. Fisk said, "I know there are a lot of people looking for work, was not expecting this large of group this time of day though."
Besides bringing new jobs, Hastings said the store is bringing everything central Illinoisans need. "We're going to have a Starbucks, a pharmacy, a Pizza Hut, we'll have a grab and go grocery that will really make it a one-stop shop."
The store is set to open on March 10.
If you still want to apply, you can do it online through Target's website (www.target.com/careers) and a team leader will contact you after receiving your application.
The hiring fair runs through Saturday at ICC in East Peoria.